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I Have Trichotillomania

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    I had been doing so much better with

    controlling myself. I had a full set of eyebrows and then tonight while I was trying to study for the 5 tests tomorrow I realized that I had pulled out half of one of them. I feel so sick and disappointed right now I don't know what to do.
    justcaity97 justcaity97 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 11

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    Havent pulled at all today

    and only a little last night.. Baby steps :D (if you need somebody to talk to PM me :)
    taylorrolyat14 taylorrolyat14 16-17, F Nov 22, 2014

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    Am I the only one who stays up till strange

    hours of the night trying to force myself to stop, crying, feeling restless and then goes and posts an experience like this in the middle of the night to feel less ambushed with sadness?
    TheCustardCreme TheCustardCreme 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 1

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    Wow, I feel a little better

    after hearing about so many other people's stories that sound so similar to mine. My plucking started in second grade, at age 7 or 8, and it started with my eyebrows. I'd focus specifically on a few hairs and would end up accidentally digging little "holes" into my skin; my...
    tulipsunleashed tulipsunleashed 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 17, 2014

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    Well, today is a big day

    for me. On this day three years ago, November 11, 2011, I made the decision to stop pulling. I've been pull free for three year!! And what an amazing journey it has been! When I first stopped, things were hard; really hard! I would constantly be reminding myself, day in and day...
    Casslav Casslav 18-21 2 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    I am 16 years old and I have trichotillomania.

    I was 9 when I first started I had gotten in fight that day and started pulling my hair out. When my parents saw I told them it was from the fight, but eventually they knew that wasn't the case because the spot just grew larger and larger. By 4th grade I had to wear a bandana...
    dafinest dafinest 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 26

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    A Cured Hair Puller

      Each thread of hair feels as soft as silk as I play with it with my fingers. I touch the root of one hair I have been dying to pull. I reach the root and dig my nails into the skin and there is a slight pop. I slowly part it from my head and feel a rush of relief. My...
    LDAWG1 LDAWG1 16-17, F 17 Responses Aug 13, 2007

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    Today is the day that I shaved my head don't be

    scared ladies it really isn't that bad. Remeber that hair does grow back and it doesn't chage who you are so keep your head's up and don't let trichotillomania get the best of you because you're all over comers :)
    KianiYvonne13 KianiYvonne13 16-17 Mar 24, 2014

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    It's like a bad hair cut.

    .. month after month
    jandelrey jandelrey 16-17, F Feb 13

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    There really is no cure to this,

    and it drives me crazy. But I have tried a few things to control my hair pulling and maybe they'll help for you guys too. I try to put on a hat the minute I get home since home is the place I pull the most, yes there is the urge to rip the hat off and start pulling, but at least...
    jandelrey jandelrey 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 16

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    Constant Urge to Pull

        i can remember the very first time i started pulling from my eyebrow; i was in third grade, at a new school and it was the day after my grandfather's funeral. after a while, i started pulling my eyelashes and i'd make little piles on my desk. i was so confused...
    holland1945 holland1945 18-21, F 11 Responses Dec 11, 2007

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    going for a "pull-free" day.

    .. try not to pull today ?
    abrissette27 abrissette27 13-15, M 1 Response Apr 1

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    Hi there, I'm new, and I just stumbled upon

    this group/site/experience and I have to just say Wow! :D (sorry in advance for my life story!) This may sound silly but I never knew that what I've been doing for the past 17 years or so meant that I have Trich. I'm 27 and I've been rubbing and pulling my eyebrows since I was...
    lightandlove18 lightandlove18 26-30, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Hey im 22 been pulling from my scalp

    for 6/7 years...Im a guy and finding it hard to find other guys to talk about trich. Most of my mates have never heard of it or they only think it effects girls. I've been wearing a bandana recently when im in the house, which helps a lot. Granted I look like boiled egg.
    ollie422 ollie422 22-25, M Feb 17

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    I Wish I Could Stop.

    I've been pulling my hair and eyelashes out for many years. Since i was a little girl, now being 18. I used to have long beautiful eyelashes and hair. My pulling has gotten so bad that I have bald spots all over my head and i wear fake eyelashes everywhere I go. Some of my...
    mariexo mariexo 18-21 3 Responses Apr 3, 2013

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    Hi, I'm new! I started pulling out my

    eyebrows/lashes when I was 8-10, which has progressed to my head in more recent years (I'm 20 now). I honestly feel like I have okay control over it (no bald spots currently, and my hair is growing out!!), but in the last couple months I've sort of relapsed. I found this site...
    meg9417 meg9417 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    This Is My Story As Was Published In The Huffington Post 10/1/12

    Who you are looking at in this photo right now is a fraud. Every day I go to great lengths to hide what I really look like. Every day I make sure you don't see what I do every morning when I wake up and look in my bathroom mirror. Because I have a disorder that an estimated 2-4...
    sandy7814 sandy7814 36-40 2 Responses Oct 11, 2012

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    Well we should start from the beginning

    but I have made the decision to become open about this even though i don't want to but I feel like I have to. I started back in 6th grade I thought it was just a phase I would stop. That didnt happen it got kind of addicting I got pleasure from it. Soon I had nothing. I had a...
    beeella beeella 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 31

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    I have officially been pull-free

    since April 18th, 2014 and I am extremely happy with myself. I am going to get my first haircut (by a hairstylist) in almost 4 years. <3 I just wanted to remind people that there IS an end to this disorder! I had mine through hypnotherapy! It worked for me. If ANYONE ever...
    court14harris court14harris 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 26, 2014

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    Trichotillomania or known

    as "trich" is a super rare disorder that I happen to have, yes.. You heard it, I pull my hair out, I always hear people ask "but does it hurt?" No. It doesn't, it's relieving, actually, but the feelin after isn't. Constantly looking in the mirror and breaking down into tears...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 6 Responses Nov 4, 2014

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    I pull my eyebrows until they are gone.

    I spoke to people about Trich and they always spoke like it was just me "not having self control" which made it hard to talk about. I pull when I'm over thinking so often i don't even notice I'm doing it til later, or situations where I have to meet new people or walk into...
    Rabbitt94 Rabbitt94 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 2

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    I have been suffering from trich

    for 4 years and in those 4 years I have gone to 4 different schools because of bullies. This year I am going to a new school and I am determined to not pull my hair out this summer!
    hairlesscareless hairlesscareless 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 21, 2014

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    im not sure when i started pulling my hair

    but i have been doing it for years and im now 27. i also have depression/anxiety which im on medication for and had a very bad past. i have tried shaving my hair and letting it regrow but it hasnt worked. i thought to was just a habit i could get out but never been able to...
    shinedownbabyxo shinedownbabyxo 26-30, F Jul 10, 2014

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    I was diagnosed with Trichotillomania

    when I was 5 years old. I am now 22. I only pull my eyelashes now. I used to pull the hair in my scalp and my eyebrows. I am having the most difficult time letting my eyelashes grow. A year ago I was able to let then grow out for 45 days and then stress got the best of me and I...
    09cramptonsa 09cramptonsa 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 24, 2014

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    I hate myself because of trich.

    I hate my face. And i hate how no one I know will ever understand what I go through because of it.
    justme973 justme973 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 16

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    I am finally starting to feel great!

    Iv gone two months without pulling and my hair is getting some length and thickness! I havent had my hair this long in about 12 years! Im getting my first hair cut since I was 8 next month! Things are looking up and Im slowly getting my confidence back :)
    xxmonkeynessxx xxmonkeynessxx 18-21, F 6 Responses Feb 1

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    I Am More Than Just Trichotillomania

    She touches her hair in a certain way. It’s very particular, very deliberate. Almost as if she is searching for one specific strand. But she’s only half conscious about what she’s doing. Found. Beautiful, fingers glide and caress and twirl. The flirting becomes violent...
    h0pelessh0pe h0pelessh0pe 18-21 5 Responses Jul 9, 2013

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    I am not okay. I have suffered with trich

    for over 10 years now. I pull any unwanted hair. Not just the hair on my head. Underarms. Eyebrows. Belly button. Pubic areas. Eyelashes. I pick at my lips untill they bleed. I sratch at my head until it bleeds. I am not okay. I am ashamed.
    Mikashirinkuto Mikashirinkuto 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 27

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    Four days without picking my hair.

    The longest period of time in almost 6 years.
    jackson112 jackson112 22-25, M Aug 30, 2014

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    I've had trichotillomania

    for almost 5 years now and I can't seem to stop. I've pulled out all my eyebrow hairs before and after my eyebrows I moved on to my eyelashes. I'm only left with lashes on the sides of my eyes; none in the middle. I feel insecure everyday and people ask me almost on a daily...
    KidDynamite19 KidDynamite19 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 23

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    The hardest part of having Trichotillomania is

    probably the envy or jealously you have for other people who have hair. I know it's a nasty & torturous thing to do but sometimes I can't help the strong longing & envy as I watch my cousins braid their hair, or brush it, maybe even considering dying it. I'm simply surrounded...
    ChantyPrime ChantyPrime 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 8

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    Trich has been apart of my life

    since I was about 6 years old. I don't know exactly what triggered it, but it has greatly impacted my life. It hit the hardest when I was in the 4th grade. I was a little 9 year old girl with no eyebrows and only 5 eyelashes on each eye. I knew back then that it was wrong, but I...
    ValentinaGirl14 ValentinaGirl14 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 13

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    I am so happy to announce

    that today marks 30 days of being pull free. I'm so happy! I wish there was something I could tell everyone that I did to help me but there isn't really anything. I had been dating my boyfriend for almost 10 months when I finally decided to tell him. I was so scared that he was...
    emily39 emily39 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 29, 2014

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    So, my OCD is terrible today.

    I know its because of the stress I am under, and I try to keep busy..Its seems to be a lost cause though. I have so many gaps in my eyebrows its not even funny, I hate it. I always think why the **** can't I be normal when it comes to this?
    SnowVixen SnowVixen 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 30

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    Makeup. Lotion, primer,

    powder, blush. Shadow, liner, brows and puff. Mascara? No way. Makeup was not supposed to be part of my daily regiment. It was supposed to be a special occasions thing that I didn't waste my time on while in college. I guess that ship has sailed. Some girls wake up in...
    AbusiveMistress AbusiveMistress 18-21 2 Responses Dec 15, 2014

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    If you are looking for something to promote

    hair growth, I strongly recommend NutriOx thinning treatment from Sally Beauty Supply. But you cannot pick your hair!!! I know how hard it is, but you will see results within a month, even if they are little baby hairs.
    shellllbbb shellllbbb 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 15

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    Has anyone tried any hair growth supplements to

    help with their trich? I've tried a few lash enhancing serums and I've recently started trying out biotin supplements. Anyone noticed a difference with things like this?
    justme973 justme973 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 19

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    I was pull free for almost 4 months

    but started again mid March at first it wasn't really bad it was like I found myself pulling one a day until a few weeks ago I had a complete break down and now the top of my head has little to no hair. I'm very frustrated with myself because I was doing so good now I'm back...
    Ampk Ampk 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    It got pretty bad there

    for a while, pulled a lot. I'm getting better now. :) PFV!
    Majin1712 Majin1712 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 4

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    Has anyone tried seeking help

    or treatment from a doctor or something? Is it worth it?
    justme973 justme973 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 20

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    I started pulling my eyebrows out 4 years ago,

    then once I had none left I started ripping out my eyelashes. I still have no eyelashes and eyebrows and I occasionally pull from the hair on my head too. I also have urges to pull other people's hair out especially if they have a hair that is out of place.
    behindblueeyess behindblueeyess 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 22, 2014

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    I have pulled out my eyebrow

    and eyelash hairs for a VERY long time. It's very satisfying when I see a few hairs between my fingers. I do have stitches one my one eyebrow. That's why it looks so bare. Does my face look like I pick my hair a lot? I don't pluck or wax. I'm an all natural girl. Do I look...
    Scal92 Scal92 22-25, F Mar 12

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    Update from my last post,

    its been about two months since I stopped pulling my hair out! I'm so happy!
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 11, 2014

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    I am so proud of myself.

    This is officially day 3 being pull free. I want this to last.
    UnusualArtist UnusualArtist 13-15, F 4 Responses Apr 28, 2014

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    I know I've written about this before.

    It's been a while but it is still up there on my profile as an experience. When I wrote that, it was still when my hair was growing out. I was frustrated, tempted and positive that it would never stop driving me up the wall. It has been about two years and four months since I...
    Narp12 Narp12 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    abrissette27 abrissette27 13-15, M